Seoul aims for more talks about talks with North Korea this month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that South Korean President Moon Jae-in may meet Donald Trump before the U.S. president’s planned meeting with the North Korean leader. Amid a flurry of diplomacy

Russia blocks U.N. Security Council meeting on human rights in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia on Monday blocked a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the human rights situation in Syria. “We do not see any justification for this meeting since human rights is not a subject on the agenda of the security council,” said Gennady Kuzmin,

EU backs Britain in blaming Russia for spy attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders backed Britain on Thursday in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England, raising the possibility of additional retaliatory steps by European countries. The solid show of support from the EU, at a time when Britain is

Europeans to take new steps against Russia over UK spy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it. Late on Thursday, in a boost

Russian agent may have limited mental capacity after nerve attack

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A military-grade nerve toxin attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have left them with compromised mental capacity and it is unclear whether they will recover, a British judge said on Thursday. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Juncker congratulates Putin but EU puts Russia on summit agenda

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s chief executive has written to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election, while EU leaders will discuss how to defend Europe from Russian disinformation and cyber attacks at a summit later this week. FILE PHOTO: European Commision President Jean-Claude

Putin expected to slide into victory for another 6-year term

President Vladimir Putin was expected to cruise to an easy victory on Sunday and claim another six-year term even as opponents called the election a farce and claimed first-time voters are being lured to the polls with offers of concert tickets.Putin is facing seven challengers in the election, but his

U.S. hints at shift on Russia with sanctions and condemnation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - By imposing new sanctions on Russia and condemning a suspected Russian chemical attack in Britain, Washington has hinted at a tougher stance toward Moscow despite President Donald Trump’s stated desire for better ties. National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow,

Europeans eye Russian expulsions over UK spy attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Several European governments moved closer on Friday to expelling Russian diplomats in a show of support for Britain, which ordered out 23 “undeclared intelligence agents” after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a European Union leaders summit in

EU to recall bloc’s ambassador to Moscow over nerve attack: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed on Friday to recall the bloc’s envoy to Moscow for consultations, in a symbolic step as the Union backed Britain in blaming Russia for the nerve attack on a former Russian double agent, three diplomats said. “He is being recalled for consultations,” one

Russia’s Rosatom says committed to start Turkish Akkuyu plant in 2023

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian state nuclear company Rosatom plans to launch the Akkuyu nuclear plant in Turkey in 2023, it told Reuters, adding that the talks with potential new investors are not expected to affect the construction timetable. “Rosatom categorically rejects speculation that any changes to the composition of

Trump ignored all-caps warning, congratulated Putin anyway

President Trump reportedly ignored advice from his national security advisers who pushed him to confront Vladi­mir Putin during a phone call that took place Tuesday after the Russian president’s election victory. Trump completely disregarded instructions from aides to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK and

Poland says U.S. missile shield site delayed until 2020

WARSAW (Reuters) - Technical problems will delay the completion of the Polish section of a U.S. defence shield by two years to 2020, Poland’s defence ministry said on Thursday. Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki is seen during a meeting at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, March

Trump: ‘Special Council’ never should have been appointed

President Trump quoted a Harvard law professor to back up his argument that special counsel Robert Mueller should never have been appointed because there was no “probable cause” for collusion or obstruction of justice.“Special Council is told to find crimes, whether a crime exists or not. I was opposed to

Trump’s lead attorney in Russia probe resigns

John Dowd on Thursday stepped down as the lead lawyer on the legal team representing President Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any collusion on the part of Trump campaign associates.“I love the president and I wish him well,” Dowd said

British ambassador will not attend Russian ministry meeting on…

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain’s ambassador in Moscow will not attend a meeting on the Skripal poisoning case in Russia’s foreign ministry later on Wednesday, RIA news agency cited the British embassy as saying. The Russian foreign ministry had invited foreign envoys to a meeting with arms control experts to discuss

U.S., South Korea, Japan’s hold meeting on Korean denuclearization:…

SEOUL (Reuters) - The top national security advisors of United States, South Korea and Japan met to discuss North Korea and the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” South Korea’s Blue House said on Monday. South Korea's National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong arrives at Incheon International Airport in

Britain seeks European help against Russian spy networks: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is seeking help from other European countries to take action against Russian spy networks that could be preparing similar attacks as the nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in England, diplomats said. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive